5 Survival Fishing Methods for Quick Food from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Chamopagne Style Bare Budget

5 Survival Fishing Methods for Quick Food

Survival presents a myriad of challenges that must be overcome early on. The big three tend to be fire, water, and shelter. Of course, not too far behind, is food. You are going to eventually have to eat. If you know a little bit about the environment around you it can make finding food much easier. Still, you may be relegated things like nuts and leaves to eat. While these foods might keep you going for a little, the time will come when you need real food that contains protein and other vital nutrients.

Where do you go first to find easy meat protein? Hunting is actually pretty challenging and can be really tough if you have no experience. Hunting big game can take a tremendous amount of time and effort you. Then, of course, you run the risk of not being able to use all of that meat before it spoils.

If you don’t have traps or experience trapping, you will find that there are a number of struggles that go along with successfully trapping, as well. Real, sustaining food can be tough to come by in the wild. Which sounds counterintuitive because it’s all around you.

The Cheapest Protein on the Survival Market

If you plan to pack an implement for procuring survival protein, it shouldn’t be a .22 rifle. You might be asking the question why.  Well, how much ammo are you going to pack? Let’s say you pack 20 rounds. That’s 20 shots. Every shot is not going to be a meal. You might kill 10 squirrels out of 20 rounds.

Remember, you are a different person in a survival situation and all your skills will be put to the ultimate test by things like fatigue, sleep deprivation, possible injury or illness and hunger. You will not be the shooter you were when you arrived at the location.

Don’t pack a rifle. Pack some fishing gear! Fish are the easiest and most accessible protein on the survival market. This is very important for you to understand and to implement. There are many things you can pack to take advantage of the fish in the area.

Let’s have a look at some of the methods you can use to catch fish and get a delicious meal in your belly.

#1 Traditional Fishing

The most obvious method any person can use to catch fish is the traditional method of using fishing tack and fishing rods and reels. If you are new to this, you should carry a quality spinning rod to your loadout. Spinning rods for trout fishing can be a quick way to a tasty fish dinner. Not to mention the fun that can be had fishing, even if you don’t need to do it to survive.

 #2 Traps

Creating fish traps is actually much easier than you might think. You can build a decent fish trap that is built right into the shoreline.

5 Survival Fishing Methods for Quick Food from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Champagne Style Bare Budget
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The M shaped fish trap above is called a fishing Weir and has been used for hundreds if not thousands of years as a method of trapping fish. You can ensure the fish swim into this trap by adding things like bait or even balled up bread. Small bread balls will likely bring small baitfish and that will, in turn, bring bigger fish.

 #3 Poisoning

If you are around black walnut trees and there are hulls or walnuts on the ground, you can turn them into one of the easiest fish catching methods of all. Bag the hulls up in a small satchel or burlap sack or anything that will allow water to run through it.

Beat the hulls with a tool or a piece of wood to break them up pretty thoroughly. In a small pond or creek, with slow running water, fish will be stunned by the walnut hulls. There is a chemical in these hulls called rotenone. This has been long used as a pesticide or a by biologists as a stunning agent to check things like biodiversity in water bodies.

#4 Survival Fishing Gear

Any survival kit worth its space should contain some hooks and some fishing line, at the least. Some lead weights are pretty important, too! If you have these core elements in your pack, you can use any number of things in the wild to make survival fishing gear.

The rig pictured above can be fashioned from a soda can, its tab and some paracord. If you have your own line and hooks you will have better luck but this will work if you have nothing else.

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Don’t forget to get creative with bait. You are looking to either attract with color or taste. Something as simple as a piece of cloth that is frayed can trigger a bit.

#5 Gig

One of the most underrated tools for survival is the gig. These three or four pronged tools are one of the best ways to catch things like frogs and fish. A gig is small and will not add any noticeable weight to your pack. It can easily be affixed to a stick that will then become a great tool for catching fish. You need only crawl or sneak up to the shoreline and target the right fish with your gig. Once you have spread the fish you have dinner!


Survival by the water will obviously offer many benefits. Now, you will have to contend with things like mosquitos, but nothing is perfect. Down by the water, you will have access to water and most animals will frequent the water as well. Of course, you will also be able to take advantage of those creatures that live in the water.

Have you ever considered fresh water clams and mussels as something that could be foraged? If you find them they can be cooked over a fire and eaten. This is another simple source of protein.

At the end of the day, there are small additions that can be made to your survival kit to assure you are prepared to take advantage of nature’s easiest protein source. This is one of those things that will add ounces to your pack but could be a life saving decision.

I would also recommend taking up fishing as a hobby. Trout fishing with spinning rods can be one of the best ways to break away from this wild world and it works well in conjunction with adventure.

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